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Cover Reveal: LAKE + MANNING Something in the Way #4) by Jessica Hawkins

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Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.

But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .

Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.

Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .

But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

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MOVE THE STARS by Jessica Hawkins

Move the Stars (Something in the Way #3)

by Jessica Hawkins

Published by Jessica Hawkins
393 pages
Genre: romance
5 / 5

My Review:

Sometimes you read the third book of a trilogy, and it feels as if the author wrote it just to have a trilogy. It lacks tension and romance, and the characters seem dull.

And then you read something like Move the Stars, and you think to yourself as you’re reading it, “THIS is what a trilogy finale is all about!”

A warning before we proceed: this review will contain spoilers regarding Something in the Way and Somebody Else’s Sky. So if you haven’t read those, you MUST. Then come back here.

Somebody Else’s Sky ended on one heck of a cliffhanger: Manning and Tiffany are about to get married, while Lake stands in her maid of honor spot, sobbing. Move the Stars picks up four years later, and some of your questions are answered immediately. Did Manning marry Tiffany? Did Lake move to New York? Where is Corbin? I will tell you this much: those of you who, like me, wished that Tiffany would be in a North Korean prison will be disappointed.

Jessica Hawkins takes you on the ride of your life while you read this book. You will gasp, you will sigh, you will laugh, and you will cry. She makes you think everything will be all right, and then she wrecks you.

In this way, Move the Stars is even more impressive because Hawkins remains so true to her characters and story. She takes no shortcuts. She redeems no one who is not worthy of redemption. She does not put people together just to satisfy her readers. She lets her characters behave the way they have been created to behave. They do not suddenly have epiphanies or alter their personalities. They are who they are, and they will not change just to suit you.

In those moments when you want Lake and Manning together, you have to respect that Jessica Hawkins knows what you need, and sometimes what you need is not what you want. Manning learns this. Lake learns this. Tiffany … well. Tiffany doesn’t care.

Hawkins does know that you want and need the sexy times, and she delivers those flawlessly. Such wonderful detail. Such delicious hotness. Such quivering release.

This is the perfect conclusion to the trilogy. It’s full of heat and heart, and you will love it. Jessica Hawkins is amazing.

Blurb:

Lake
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.

Manning
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?

I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

About the Author:

Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in California and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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Cover Reveal: MOVE THE STARS (Something in the Way Book 3) by Jessica Hawkins

COVER REVEAL:

MOVE THE STARS

(Something in the Way Book 3)

by Jessica Hawkins

Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

Cover Design © R.B.A. Designs

Cover Model: Chase Williams

 

Coming Monday, October 23rd: Move the Stars, book 3 in the Something in the Way Series…

Lake
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.

Manning
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?

I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

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Review: SOMEBODY ELSE’S SKY (Something in the Way Book 2) by Jessica Hawkins

Somebody Else’s Sky (Something in the Way Book 2)

by Jessica Hawkins

Published by Jessica Hawkins
298 pages
Genre: romance; new adult
4 / 5

My Review:

When Something in the Way ended, I felt anxious. Worried. Fretful. Stressed. Manning was off to prison, Tiffany felt like she had all the power because Manning left his stuff with her and asked her to look out for Lake, and Lake was left bereft, heartbroken, and feeling guilty.

Jessica Hawkins begins this book with Manning nearing the end of his prison stay. Tiffany has been a regular visitor (something Tiffany haters will despise), and he’s suffering. I give major props to Jessica for how she developed the scenes set in the prison, as well as how she showed that, while Manning may be freed physically, he remains emotionally jailed. She makes it very apparent that those years spent locked away will affect him the rest of his life.

Not to make this sound miserable and lugubrious. Rather, it is one angsty ride.

It should surprise no one that Manning chooses Tiffany. Hawkins spends a lot of time having Manning try to justify this. He tells us – and tells us and tells us and tells us – that he makes Tiffany a better person. He needs to believe this (despite all evidence to the contrary) because it comforts him to think that he’s a good influence on someone. Tiffany is the easy choice. She needs him to tell her how great she is, and Manning accedes.

Left aside, however, is Lake. Prepare yourself for a couple of scenes that will eviscerate you, Book People. Jessica Hawkins will take your heart and pound it with a meat cleaver.

While Tiffany and Manning begin and end the book essentially unchanged, Lake does grow and develop. She finds small moments in which to exert her independence, and you can see her starting to bristle against the strictures that dictate her choices. While there are some parts of her life that are undecided, one thing she does know is that she belongs to Manning and he belongs to her.

Hawkins drops a couple of big new details, one of which you likely saw coming. The other one, though, may surprise you. You undoubtedly will end this book feeling even more anxious, worried, fretful, and stressed than when you began it. You might feel angry and frustrated. I sure do. I was furious when I finished. I felt like some of the book was telegraphed too easily, and, like I said, the constant beating of the “Tiffany is such a better person thanks to Manning” drum wore on me.

But – and this is a huge “but” – the fact that this book evokes such a passionate response surely means that it’s pretty good, right? It means that Jessica Hawkins hits on something that resonates with readers. We connect with Manning and Lake. We despise Tiffany. We feel like we know them, and when they make mistakes, we want to throttle them. Their hurts become our hurts. That tells you how adept Hawkins is at writing characters who feel so real.

This review is purposefully vague because the less you know, the better. You’ve got to read it. If you haven’t read Something in the Way, start with that. Then read this one. And then join me for the long, agonizing wait till October for Move the Stars.

You may not always like where this book is headed, but here’s the thing: good writers give you the story you need, which may not always be the story you want. And Jessica Hawkins is a good writer.

Blurb:

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

 

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About the Author:

Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in California and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.

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Review copy provided from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

 

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: SOMETHING IN THE WAY by Jessica Hawkins

Cover Reveal:

Something in the Way

by Jessica Hawkins

Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

Cover Design © R.B.A. Designs

Cover Model: Chase Williams

Coming Monday, May 22nd: Somebody Else’s Sky, book 2 in the Something in the Way Series…
If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

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Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

 

Blurb
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

 

 

 

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Author Bio

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Release Blitz: SOMETHING IN THE WAY by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017

My Review:

Remember when you were sixteen, how it felt when someone seemed to really see you? That feeling of connection and even destiny, yet at the same time a sense of terror that someone knows your secrets without you ever saying a word? That is how Lake feels when she meets Manning, who, at 23, is seven years older than she. Working on a construction site next door to Lake’s home, Manning at first is forbidden because of the age gap. Then he is literally forbidden by her controlling father, and, finally, he becomes forbidden when he and Lake’s older sister Tiffany begin a romance of sorts.

Jessica Hawkins gives herself a difficult platform for this story. She must treat the age difference with delicacy and respect, yet she must develop and grow a romance. She must craft Tiffany into a hot mess, yet a hot mess you kind of sympathize with. (Full disclosure: I could not stand Tiffany. I hereby suggest that she be sent to Aleppo in Book 2.) Hawkins must also make the tension and conflict feel tangible and accessible, yet unoffensive.

And she must end on one hellacious cliffhanger because there are TWO more books in this series.

Lake is sixteen. She’s young in so many ways, a girl unaware that she is edging closer to womanhood. She doesn’t understand her reaction to Manning because she has never felt like this. Within the life her father carefully scripted for her, Manning, with his construction worker vibe, is verboten. The same goes for Tiffany, but unlike her sister, Tiffany flaunts her father’s dictums with gusto. The more Tiffany wants Manning, though, the greater Lake’s suffering.

Then there is that cliffhanger, which will shred you. How on earth can you wait to read the next book? You need it NOW. Not tomorrow or next week or next month. NOW.

Hawkins writes of dreams: the dreams of a young girl for a man far out of her reach, the unacknowledged dreams of a man for lightness in his life; the dreams of an overlooked sister to be taken seriously. Yet there is nothing dream-like about Hawkins’ writing. Rather, it is intuitive, poignant, and deeply affecting. Hawkins will gut you. She will eviscerate you. She will leave you speechless.

Something in the Way will leave you in disbelief. How can Jessica Hawkins end her book like this? How can she ask you to go about your life knowing that you have so many questions? Lake and Manning demand that you give them your heart, a far easier thing to do than patiently wait for the next novel in this series.

Blurb
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

 

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Author Bio

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Release Blitz & Review: YOURS TO BARE by Jessica Hawkins

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Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins
Released: December 8, 2016

My Review:

Oh, girl, no.

Those three words went through my mind in just about every chapter of this hot, tortured, angsty, and oh-so-deliciously addictive novel by Jessica Hawkins. Those three words became a mantra of sorts as I vacillated between wanting to shout at Finn to RUN, shout at Halson to grow up, or just hope the two would sort through their mess and play nicely together.

When last we saw Finn, in the splendid Slip of the Tongue, he had been dumped mercilessly by Sadie, his married neighbor and lover, when she returned to her husband. Brokenhearted, Finn retreats, even avoiding the coffee shop where he and Sadie would meet. A new coffee shop proves fortuitous, however, when Finn happens upon a journal. Even though he knows he shouldn’t – even though he feels like a voyeur – he begins reading.

And he falls.

He needs to meet the woman who wrote those words. He needs to know her.

Thanks to some info he gleans from the journal, Finn is able to accomplish the first goal when he “runs into” Halston at an art gallery exhibit. They briefly chat, and then another man comes to retrieve her.

That sound you hear is Finn’s spirit sinking to low, low depths. He will not, under any circumstances, get involved with another woman who is in a relationship.

Certain convolutions of fate, a force with whom Finn finds himself occasionally (frequently) at odds, intervene, and he and Halston begin dancing around each other, their attraction palpable. As he – and you – get to know Halston, it becomes clear that she is tremendously complex, complicated, and compelling. Finn can’t stay away, even though warning bells as loud as the crowd at a World Cup finale start sounding.

Halston, you see, has Issues, not the least of which is a never-ending cycle of addictions. I really like how Hawkins examines the addictive personality, showing you how someone can trade one for the next, for the next, for the next, and how those addictions affect their bearer. In fact, the title of this book could be a play on “yours to bear,” because both Finn and Halston need to learn how to support and even transport each other. Finn must figure out what Halston needs from him and how to be that man for her, just as she needs to figure out how to be a secure, independent woman who welcomes love and the dependence that love inherently requires.

Of course, since this is a Jessica Hawkins novel, you can be certain that she delivers the quiver. The sexy times are like a raging inferno, but they also serve a purpose. Hawkins uses them to help connect Finn and Halston not just physically, but emotionally as well. Halston blooms during and after her intimacy with Finn, discovering parts of herself she sensed existed but did not know for certain. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because these scenes are wicked hot.

Fans of Hawkins will love this book. Some of you have been waiting for Finn’s story, and some of you – like me – are just excited whenever Jessica Hawkins releases a book.

Synopsis

 

Finn

No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

 

I don’t. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

 

Halston

I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

 

My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

 

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Release Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: THE FIRST TASTE

 

My Review:

Andrew Beckwith knows what it’s like to fall in love and then have it fail spectacularly. This is why he limits his relationships to as long as it takes that night for him to have a sexual release, no emotions entailed. Instead, he directs love he feels – and he is a man who feels deeply and completely – toward his six-year-old daughter Bell and his sister Sadie, whom you met in Slip of the Tongue. Bell’s mother left him and their daughter four years ago, and in that time, Andrew mourned her departure and resolved to never put himself in the position of being vulnerable for a woman.
You will also remember Amelia, Sadie’s boss, from Slip of the Tongue. Acerbic and remote, she, too, is dealing with the end of a relationship. Her cheating soon-to-be-ex-husband Reggie, though, is not quite as anxious to end his marriage. Worse, he is the majority owner of Amelia’s cosmetics PR firm, and he also owns the apartment in which she lives. Like Andrew, she refuses to put her heart into play in a relationship.
When they meet, Amelia mistakes Andrew for a plumber, but this does not deter him in the least. As the title indicates, there is a first taste. When you sample something so delicious that you want another bite and then another and then another, you might find yourself needing and craving more. Andrew and Amelia may enter in to their first taste with an agreement that there will be no seconds, but they soon discover that it’s possible to develop an addiction with just that one taste.
As she has proven in her other books, Jessica Hawkins can write romance and sexy times very, very effectively. Very. Just reading about Andrew’s skills is enough to make you want to dive in for more. Unlike her previous books, though, Hawkins does not base this around infidelity. Yes, Amelia is technically married, but she is not unfaithful to Reggie, whether he would like to believe that or not. Hawkins also has moments of great humor in the book. There is a dinner scene that had me laughing out loud.
Andrew and Amelia have to figure out how to set their hearts free, and Hawkins lets you see their struggles from each of their perspectives. I didn’t think I would like Amelia much, but I wound up rooting her on. I had no hesitation in liking Andrew. He is just delicious in all the best ways. Hawkins uses this to her advantage during the sexy times. They are gloriously hot.
This is an addictive book, one that you will be unable to put down after your first taste of it. Come get to know Andrew and Amelia, and go along with them as they learn to trust themselves and each other.

 

Title: The First Taste
Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Buy Link: Amazon

 Release Date: August 4, 2016
Blurb
Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

 

 

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Excerpt

“What’re your plans tonight?”She scoffs. “It’s Friday night. What aren’t my plans? I have drinks with friends in an hour, then a late dinner, and who knows after that.”

“Cancel them.”

She gapes at me. “Cancel my plans? Why would I?”

“Come out with me. Sadie says there’s a place around here with great pizza.”

She laughs, tilting her head and exposing the smooth column of her throat. “First, I don’t eat carbs, so there’s no way you’re getting me to do anything with the promise of pizza. Second, I just told you—I don’t date.”

“And neither do I.”

“Then why are you asking me out?” she asks.

“Because despite what you may think, I am a gentleman, and it’s only good manners to buy you dinner first.”

“First?” she asks, wrinkling her nose. “What’s second?”

We stare at each other. I let her figure it out on her own. It’s rare to meet a woman like me, someone who truly has no interest in finding a partner. I’ve heard that claim from enough girls to know when they’re bullshitting me, and unless Amelia is a Grade-A con artist, she definitely isn’t looking to get serious.

When she understands, the wrinkles on her forehead ease, and she parts her lips. I answer with a knowing smile. Suggesting sex within half an hour of meeting someone might normally get me slapped, but I get the feeling Amelia appreciates a more direct approach.

“I don’t date,” I say, “but I’m still a man with eyes.”

She makes no secret of looking me up and down. “You’re not my type either,” she warns. “I like men who carry a briefcase and see a barber regularly.”

I run my hand through my black hair, which I know is too long. “How’s that working out for you?”

She narrows her eyes. “Fine. Perfect.”

“I have some tattoos too,” I say. “And ride a motorcycle. Since that’s normally how I get most girls, I suppose those are turn-offs for you.”

“They are,” she says immediately, straightening her shoulders. “I’ve never understood the appeal of a bad boy.”

“Then tonight, we’re a match made in heaven, aren’t we? It shouldn’t be hard for either of us to say goodbye afterward.”

She bats her eyelashes a few times, not because she’s flirting but because she’s thinking. Considering. Which means it’s basically a done deal. I’ve never gotten this far with a girl only to have her walk away. “Why even bother with dinner?” she asks.

I take a moment to study her, her shoulder-length, perfectly coifed blonde hair. Her defined red lips that look like a heart when pursed, which is often. Yeah, based on the fact that I’m noticing details—something I try not to do anymore—I know I’m feeling her tonight. Most guys would jump at the opportunity to skip the small talk, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I like women, always have. Just because Shana fucked me in the head doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time around them—just so long’s it’s surface stuff.

I don’t want to scare her off by suggesting I might want to have a conversation with her, so I just shrug. “Because I’m starving.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Indulge me then. I need my energy.”

“For what?” she asks.

I arch an eyebrow at her. I’ll definitely need my energy for a night with her.

She reads my expression and her cheeks redden. “Oh.”
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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

Series: Slip of the Tongue #2
Release Date: August 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.

Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.

The First Taste, a standalone spin-off of the Slip of the Tongue.

 

Excerpt:

 

“What’re your plans tonight?”

She scoffs. “It’s Friday night. What aren’t my plans? I have drinks with friends in an hour, then a late dinner, and who knows after that.”

“Cancel them.”

She gapes at me. “Cancel my plans? Why would I?”

“Come out with me. Sadie says there’s a place around here with great pizza.”

She laughs, tilting her head and exposing the smooth column of her throat. “First, I don’t eat carbs, so there’s no way you’re getting me to do anything with the promise of pizza. Second, I just told you—I don’t date.”

“And neither do I.”

“Then why are you asking me out?” she asks.

“Because despite what you may think, I am a gentleman, and it’s only good manners to buy you dinner first.”

“First?” she asks, wrinkling her nose. “What’s second?”

We stare at each other. I let her figure it out on her own. It’s rare to meet a woman like me, someone who truly has no interest in finding a partner. I’ve heard that claim from enough girls to know when they’re bullshitting me, and unless Amelia is a Grade-A con artist, she definitely isn’t looking to get serious.

When she understands, the wrinkles on her forehead ease, and she parts her lips. I answer with a knowing smile. Suggesting sex within half an hour of meeting someone might normally get me slapped, but I get the feeling Amelia appreciates a more direct approach.

“I don’t date,” I say, “but I’m still a man with eyes.”

She makes no secret of looking me up and down. “You’re not my type either,” she warns. “I like men who carry a briefcase and see a barber regularly.”

I run my hand through my black hair, which I know is too long. “How’s that working out for you?”

She narrows her eyes. “Fine. Perfect.”

“I have some tattoos too,” I say. “And ride a motorcycle. Since that’s normally how I get most girls, I suppose those are turn-offs for you.”

“They are,” she says immediately, straightening her shoulders. “I’ve never understood the appeal of a bad boy.”

“Then tonight, we’re a match made in heaven, aren’t we? It shouldn’t be hard for either of us to say goodbye afterward.”

She bats her eyelashes a few times, not because she’s flirting but because she’s thinking. Considering. Which means it’s basically a done deal. I’ve never gotten this far with a girl only to have her walk away. “Why even bother with dinner?” she asks.

I take a moment to study her, her shoulder-length, perfectly coifed blonde hair. Her defined red lips that look like a heart when pursed, which is often. Yeah, based on the fact that I’m noticing details—something I try not to do anymore—I know I’m feeling her tonight. Most guys would jump at the opportunity to skip the small talk, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I like women, always have. Just because Shana fucked me in the head doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time around them—just so long’s it’s surface stuff.

I don’t want to scare her off by suggesting I might want to have a conversation with her, so I just shrug. “Because I’m starving.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Indulge me then. I need my energy.”

“For what?” she asks.

I arch an eyebrow at her. I’ll definitely need my energy for a night with her.

She reads my expression and her cheeks redden. “Oh.”

 

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About the Author

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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